Elbert Strikes Out 13 for Jacksonville

Las Vegas lost 7-5 to Omaha despite four hits by Jeff Duncan. Scott Elbert allowed two hits and fanned 13 as Jacksonville won 2-0 over Montgomery. Cory Dunlap's homer in the last of the ninth boosted Vero to a 4-2 win over Ft. Meyers. Luke May hit his 11th homer but Columbus lost 8-5 to Hickory. Ogden pounded Idaho Falls 12-6. The GC Dodgers were held to three hits in a 6-1 loss to the Marlins.

Vegas Topped-- Omaha fought off a Las Vegas rally to win 7-5 and take a 2-1 lead in the series. A three-run third and a four-run fourth did most of the damage.

The 51s trailed 7-2 but closed to 7-5 after eight. In the ninth, with runners on first and second, Matt Kemp was called out on strikes, and Jeff Duncan got caught trying to steal third to end the game.

"There's times that you have to give credit to the other guy," 51s manager Jerry Royster told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "If you can pitch into the seventh inning against the lineup that I'm throwing out there, you're doing pretty good. That won't happen that often."

Harold Eckert (5-8), who allowed six earned runs on eight hits over 3.1 innings, has lost seven of his last eight starts.

Kemp had an RBI single for the 51s (49-57) in the bottom of the third, but Omaha came back with their big fourth inning, knocking out Eckert. Franquelis Osoria took over and the Royals added runs on an error and a bases-loaded walk.

Wilson Valdez's RBI single, following Duncan's two-out double in the seventh, closed the gap to 7-3 and then Kemp banged an RBI triple. Riggs' solo homer in the eighth for the 51s trimmed the ended the scoring.

Duncan finished 4-for-5 for the 51s, and Valdez went 3-for-4. Riggs was 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI, while Kemp went 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and a run scored.

D.J. Houlton starts tonight against Omaha in the fourth and game of the series. Diego Corrales, the current WBC lightweight boxing champion, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch Saturday, when the 51s host the Iowa Cubs.
  Score by innings 
Omaha     003 400 000-7
Las Vegas 011 000 210-5 

  Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Duncan LF   5 1 4 0 .297
Valdez SS   4 1 3 0 .298
Kemp CF     5 0 2 2 .354
Guzman 1B   4 0 0 0 .291
Young RF    3 0 0 0 .280
LaRoche DH  4 1 1 0 .318
Riggs 3B    4 1 2 2 .329
Robles 2B   4 0 0 0 .298
Bellorin C  2 1 0 0 .253
 Loney PH   1 0 0 0 .373
   Totals  36 5 12 5
   Omaha   37 7  8 7

  Errors- Riggs.2B-LaRoche(5), 
Duncan (8). 3B- Kemp (1). HR- 
Riggs (8). RBI- Riggs 2 (32), 
Kemp 2 (11), Valdez (43). S- 
Valdez. LOB- Las Vegas 7, 
Omaha 8. CS- Duncan (5).

  Las Vegas  in h r-er bb so era
Eckert (5-8) 3.1 8 7-6 1 1 7.49
Osoria       2.2 0 0-0 1 1 4.36
Miller       1.0 0 0-0 1 2 3.04
Hamulack     1.0 0 0-0 0 0 1.93
Carter       1.0 0 0-0 0 0 4.34
  WP- Osoria. T- 2:58. Att- 4,008.
Elbert Sparkles-- Starter Scott Elbert tied his career high with 13 strikeouts as the Suns shut out Montgomery 2-0 for their second consecutive shutout. Elbert improved to 3-1 in the victory. Brian Akin recorded his third Double-A save.

The Suns scored two runs in the second inning on RBI singles from Anthony Raglani and Jimmy Rohan.

That set the stage for southpaw starter Scott Elbert. In his fourth Jacksonville start, Elbert pitched seven shutout innings while scattering two hits. Only one of the hits left the infield. The 2004 first round draft pick walked three and struck out 13, tying his career high, with a 101 pitch outing.

The Biscuits finally threatened in the ninth inning when Suns closer Brian Akin entered the game. A walk, a single and a sac bunt put both runners in scoring position. With two out, former Suns OF Justin Ruggiano represented the game-winning run but Akin got him on a called third strike to end the game.

The Suns improved to 68-36 overall and 20-14 in the second half. The two teams meet tonight in the final game of the series with RHP Danny Muegge drawing the start.
  Score by innings 
Jacksonville 020 000 000-2
Montgomery   000 000 000-0 

  Suns      ab r h bi ave
Ruan CF      5 0 0 0 .278
Greenberg RF 4 0 1 0 .208
Abreu 2B     4 0 2 0 .291
Brazell DH   3 1 0 0 .240
Alvarez 1B   4 1 1 0 .182
Raglani LF   3 0 1 1 .239
Garcia 3B    1 0 0 0 .220
Rohan SS     4 0 1 1 .252
Ellis C      3 0 1 0 .251
  Totals     31 2 7 2 
  Montgomery 26 0 3 0

  Error- Ellis. RBI-Raglani (29), 
Rohan (14). LOB- Jacksonville 8, 
Montgomery 5. CS- Ruan (3). DP- 
2 (Rohan. Abreu and Alvarez; 
Abreu and Alvarez.

  Suns       in h r-er bb so era
Elbert (3-1) 7.0 2 0-0 3 13 2.35
Kozlowski    1.0 0 0-0 1  0 1.99
Akin (sv 3)  1.0 1 0-0 1  1 3.38
  WP- Elbert. T- 2-31. Att- 3,986.
Walkoff Homer Wins-- Cory Dunlap lined a game-winning two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to boost Vero Beach to a 4-2 victory over Ft. Myers Miracle. The win marked the Dodgers third in a row, their season-high.

John Meloan allowed a pair of solo homes in 5.2 innings but recorded 12 strikeouts while allowing four hits. Brent Leach picked up the win with two scoreless relief innings.

In the ninth, with Drew Locke at first base and none out, Dunlap missed a bunt attempt but on the next pitch he lined his 13th home run and second of the series.

In the fourth, Dunlap singled with one out in the fourth and Cole Bruce homered over the center field fence to tie the score 2-2. It was the 10th home run of the year for Bruce.

Zach Hammes pitched the final out of the sixth and pitched out of a runners at second and third and two out jam in the seventh.

Leach (3-2) then entered in the eighth and walked his first batter but then picked off his third runner of the series. Leach has not allowed a run in his last three outings.

The series continues tonight with and the first 500 fans through the gate will receive a 2006 VB Dodgers Team Card Set. Cory Wade (0-1) will make his second Florida State League start.
  Score by innings
Fort Myers 010 100 000-2
Vero Beach 000 100 002-4 

  Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
Hoffmann CF   4 0 1 0 .263
DeWitt 3B     2 0 0 0 .268
Gonzalez 2B   4 0 0 0 .266
Locke LF      4 1 1 0 .292
Dunlap 1B     4 2 2 2 .242
Bruce DH      2 1 1 2 .292
Paul RF       3 0 0 0 .293
Nicholson SS  3 0 0 0 .287
Apodaca C     2 0 0 0 .186
  Totals     28 4 6 4
  Fort Myers 32 0 5 0

  HR- Bruce (10), Dunlap (13). 
RBI- Bruce 2 (34), Dunlap 2 
(36). LOB- Vero Beach 4, Fort 
Myers 6. CS- DeWitt (5).

  Vero      in h r-er bb so era
Meloan      5.2 5 2-2 0 12 3.46
Hammes      1.1 1 0-0 1  1 4.68
Leach (3-2) 2.0 0 0-0 2  2 3.78
  WP-Meloan. T-2:33. Att-1,088.
Crawdads beat Catfish-- Columbus (16-18) was swept by Hickory 8-5. The Crawdads to an early 6-0 lead and Columbus never recovered.

Marlon Arias (7-5) allowed all eight runs and nine hits before leaving in the fifth inning. Joe Jones and Nate Hochgesang didn't allow a run over the final five innings.

The Fish scored in the bottom of the third inning when LF Adam Godwin tripled and scored on a ground out by CF Bridger Hunt. RF Lucas May led off the seventh with a walk, moved to third on a double by Hunt and scored on a ground ball by Ivan DeJesus.

In the eighth inning. C Conor McGeehan led off with a double and scored on a single by 3B Russ Mitchell. May then connected for a home run high off the scoreboard in left field. It was May's 11th home run of the season and third in the last six games.

With a walk in the fifth inning 1B Jason Mooneyham extended a streak of reaching base safely in each of his last 44 games.

Friday the Catfish host the Greensboro Grasshoppers for a four-game series. RHP Mario Alvarez (5-6, 5.79) will start game one.
  Score by innings
Hickory  330 020 000-8
Columbus 001 000 130-5

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
De Jesus SS   4 0 0 1 .285
Mooneyham 1B  3 0 0 0 .252
Denker 2B     4 0 0 0 .248
Harper C      3 0 1 0 .335
 McGeehan C   2 1 1 0 .235
Sutherland DH 4 0 1 0 .297
Mitchell 3B   4 1 1 1 .230
May RF        3 2 1 2 .252
Godwin LF     4 1 2 0 .257
Hunt CF       4 0 1 1 .299
  Totals     35 5  8 5 .267
  Hickory    37 8 11 8 .264

  2B- Hunt (3), McGeehan (1). 
3B- Godwin (4). HR- May (11). 
RBI- Hunt (12), De Jesus (32), 
Mitchell (64), May 2 (55). LOB- 
Columbus 8, Hickory 4.

  Columbus  in h r-er bb so era
Arias (7-5) 4.0 9 8-8 1 4 5.05
Jones       4.0 1 0-0 0 1 0.00
Hochgesang  1.0 1 0-0 0 1 5.40
  WP- Arias. HBP- Mooneyham.
T- 2:31. Att- 810.
Raptors Roll-- Led by Rick Taloa, the middle of the Ogden batting order produced in a big way as the Raptors pounded out 15 hits to crush visiting Casper 12-6.

Taloa had two doubles and two singles , good for three runs batted in as the Raptors snapped a mild two-game losing streak.

He got plenty of hitting help from Matt Berezay who slammed his fifth home run plus a single while drawing three walks and also drove in three runs. Mike Rivera collected three hits and Josh Bell chipped in with a pair.

Josh Wall (2-2) was the beneficiary of all this hitting as he went five efficient innings in which he gave up four hits and three runs, walking just one while striking out four.

The Raptors are now 17-20, five games out in the Pioneer League South. --Bill Shelley
  Score by innings 
Casper 100 200 030- 6 
Ogden  403 201 02x-12  

  Ogden      ab r h bi ave
Rogowski LF   4 1 1 0 .293
 Van Slyke LF 1 1 1 0 .247
MRivera SS    5 3 3 0 .260
Berezay DH    2 3 2 3 .303
Taloa 1B      5 2 4 3 .297
Bell 3B       5 1 2 2 .265
Giles RF      4 0 1 0 .244
Jackson CF    2 1 0 0 .122
Martin C      2 0 1 3 .317
Brooks 2B     4 0 0 0 .294
  Totals     34 12 15 11
  Casper     35  6  8  6

  2B- Rogowski (8), Taloa 
2 (5), Giles (3), Van Slyke 
(5). HR- Berezay (5). RBI- 
Berezay 3 (17), Martin 3 
(12), Taloa 3 (24), Bell 2 
(17). S- Giles. SF- Martin. LOB- 
Ogden 6, Casper 6. SB- Berezay 
(2), Giles (2), MRivera (2).
CS- Berezay (1).

  Ogden    in h r-er bb so era
Wall (2-2) 5.0 4 3-3 2 4  4.29
Brooks     2.0 2 0-0 0 1  1.35
Gearhart   1.0 2 3-3 0 1 13.14
Sanfler    1.0 0 0-0 0 3  1.65
  WP- Wall, Sanfler. T- 2-32. 
Att- 3,042.
Marlins Dump Dodgers-- The second-place Marlins climbed to within 2 1/2 games of the lead in the Gulf Coast East by thoroughly dominating the Dodgers 6-1.

For the first time this season the slumping Dodgers dropped three games in a row as they managed only four singles in a game played through intermittent rain.
The Marlins got a leadoff homer, then reached Mario Gracia (2-2) for four runs in the fourth inning to clinch matters. Gracia went five innings, yielding four hits, walking one and striking out four.

Kengshil Pujols went the rest of the way, giving up three hits and a run.
The Dodgers managed their only run in the sixth when Jesus Mora singled, moved up on a groundout and wild pitch, then came home on a Jason Schwab hit.
The Dodgers, who are 19-13, try to right matters at the Marlins today. --Bill Shelley
  Score by innings
Marlins 100 400 100-6 
Dodgers 000 001 000-1
 
  Dodgers   ab r h bi ave
Schwab CF    4 0 1 1 .231
Lizarraga SS 4 0 0 0 .298
Mattingly DH 3 0 0 0 .340
Garcia 1B    3 0 0 0 .280
Jansen C     3 0 0 0 .243
Herrera 2B   3 0 1 0 .324
Mathews 3B   3 0 0 0 .215
Mora RF      3 1 1 0 .286
Rosario LF   3 0 1 0 .271
  Totals    28 1 3 1
  Marlins   32 6 7 5

  Errors- Gracia, Lizarraga. 
RBI-Schwab (4). LOB- 
Dodgers 1, Marlins 5.

  Dodgers    in h r-er bb so era
Gracia (2-2) 5.0 4 5-4 1 4 3.64
Pujols       4.0 3 1-1 3 3 3.43
  T- 2-04

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